Erica James to speak at the St Louis Art Museum

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Art historian Erica Moiah James will discuss the art of the Caribbean at an upcoming, free lecture at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

James’s lecture is drawn from preliminary research for a new book entitled Historicizing the Global in Caribbean Art and Visual Culture. The book offers a new approach to the concepts of globalization and global culture in the Americas through a series of works created over a 500-year span on the island of Hispaniola.

The lecture – titled Object, Image and the Living Archive: Historicizing the Global in Caribbean Art – begins at 7:00 pm on March 26 in the Art Museum’s Farrell Auditorium. The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are in-person at the Museum’s Information Centers or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee of $3 per ticket.

James is an assistant professor of art history and African-American studies at Yale University. Before arriving at Yale, she was director and chief curator of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, as well as a post-doctoral teaching fellow at Washington University.

Her scholarly research focuses on epistemology; non-linear approaches to art history; the nexus of representations of race, violence, and modernity; methods of writing the art histories of historically marginalized traditions in relation to modern art and globalism; and institution-building in post-colonial societies.

James has curated more than a dozen exhibitions and has published more than 30 essays and exhibition catalogues. In 2012, she also completed a four-year book project focused on one of the largest private collections in the Caribbean titled Love and Responsibility: The Dawn Davies Collection. James also currently is co-editing a special issue of the biannual journal MaComère on the art of women artists from the global Caribbean.

Image: Tavares Strachan’s I Belong Here

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